"Man is involved in two freakish accidents that make him look like a murderer. Poverty row masterwork that is the most precise elucidation of the noir theme of explicit fatalism." - noir expert Spencer Selby
A B-movie, it was shot in six days.
The film, budgeted for $89,000, but cost $117,000 to make.
Cast: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan, Roger Clark, Pat Gleason, Esther Howard.
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September 6, 2014 Subject:
Life in life
Slow than interesting, then BAM! not once did I feel sorry he didn't leave that witch but to not call Sue hmmm
May 5, 2010 Subject:
Neal's character is such a weak minded guy and the maniacal female just a tad over the top. I had never heard of either Neal or Savage before this film. So sad to learn of Neal's troubled personal life. He would have been a fine actor.
June 13, 2007 Subject:
Unbelievable Film Noir
This is a interesting film noir movie with good cinematography and some nice music. The plot has some nice twists and turns, but there is never a real sense of danger, or emotion. There is also a lot of Raymond Chandlerish (or Robert B. Parker) tough talk and corny sayings in the narration.
May 22, 2007 Subject:
Over and Under
This is a rare Noir-ish pic with both overblown and under-rated performances. Ann Savage is superb as a sass-mouth moll who finds herself at the helm of an unsteady ship of fools captained by an underappreciated Tom Neal. The film is interesting when viewed through the protagonist's perspective of the incredible events. The accidental death[s] more troubling, the girl more manipulative, the outcome more revealing. Few stories produce such an awkward, yet likable, hero [anti-hero?] as this. Truly the wrong man at the right time, but are you willing to take his word for it?